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Mine Act Mandates $2,000 Penalty for Unwarrantable Failure Violations

By Ellen Smith

In overturning a penalty imposed by ALJ David Barbour for a guarding violation, the Review Commission ruled that the plain language of the 2006 MINER Act mandates a minimum $2,000 penalty if a violation is due to an unwarrantable failure to comply.

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3M Full Brim Hard Hat has Advanced Features

Hard-hats have been an integral piece of personal protective equipment on jobsites for decades. With engineering advancements in suspension design, a lightweight shell, and a patented ultraviolet (UV) indicator, the new 3M H-800 Series Full Brim Hard Hat helps alleviate workers’ frustrations with hard hats on the job.

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Knife River Names Lambert Safety Director

Knife River Corp. promoted Jeff Lambert to safety director. Lambert will report directly to Knife River President Dave Barney. Safety is a core value at the construction materials and contracting company, making this a centrally important position.

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VISTA Training Offers PC-based Bulldozer Simulator

VISTA Training now offers a PC-based bulldozer simulator from Simlog. This instructionally designed simulation software puts trainees at the controls of a medium-sized bulldozer at work in a typical construction site. Seven simulation modules are structured to train entry-level operators on basic operation and core skills. Lessons begin with controls familiarization and progress to more complex tasks.

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KPI-JCI Recognized for Safety Improvement

Kolberg-Pioneer Inc. (KPI-JCI) is the recipient of the Most Improved Safety Award for its 2012 safety record. The company decreased its recordable incidents by 56 percent over a 12-month period, according to Safety Manager Neil Pedersen.

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